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How to Celebrate National Readathon Day on May 21, 2016

by Emily Condlin|April, 2016

This spring, join Penguin Random House, the American Library Association, authors, and readers across the country in celebrating National Readathon Day on Saturday, May 21. Watch how other Penguin Random House authors are lending their support to the cause and keep reading to learn how you can join in.

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Publishing in 2016: The Year of Copyright

by Emily Condlin|March, 2016

2016 is poised to be the year of the largest overhaul to copyright law in nearly half a century, as members of Congress, the House Judiciary Committee, and other government agencies undertake a comprehensive review of the current copyright landscape.

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From the Editor: Getting Ahead with Revisions

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|March, 2016

Revisions can be a challenging part of the writing process, but also one full of opportunity. In this delicate stage, authors look at their work from a fresh perspective. But knowing which mistakes to look out for can be a challenge. We’ve asked our fiction and nonfiction editors about common pitfalls they see in early drafts and how authors can overcome them.

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How to Master Your Next Speaking Engagement

by Andrea Bachofen and Milena Schmidt|March, 2016

There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting with fans at readings and speaking engagements. But this can also be nerve-racking, because not everyone is a natural public speaker. Whether you’re planning on speaking at a smaller event such as a book club or at a large conference, experts from the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau and publicity teams share tips to help you own the room and make a lasting impression.

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Introducing Signature & How Authors Can Get Involved

by Joe Muscolino|March, 2016

Signature is an online destination that provides readers with reporting, commentary, essays, and more information on current events and cultural moments, drawn from relevant Penguin Random House books as well as those from other publishers. The site features essays, interviews, illustrations, and opinion pieces by authors, journalists, and experts.

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Creating Reality in Fiction Writing

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|February, 2016

To the outside world, fiction writing gives an author unlimited freedom. From fantasy to contemporary and all genres in between, an author chooses—and often invents—the story’s setting, environment, culture, dialect, and technology, among other key elements.

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Defining Metadata: Putting Your Books into the Hands of More Readers

by Laurie Stark and Andrea Bachofen|February, 2016

From writing descriptive copy to choosing the right keywords and BISAC subject codes, we take a look at a few of the nitty-gritty metadata decisions your publishing team makes to ensure that your book reaches the widest possible audience.

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